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Activities of Daily Living

Helping around the house is a great way for children to feel like they are part of the team. Whether they are cleaning up their toys or setting the table, participating in these activities of daily living helps kids feel independent and capable. Pitching in and helping family members is good for them. You could build activities into a daily schedule. The following are examples of some activities you may try.

            Picking up toys

            Putting dirty clothes in the laundry basket

            Putting utensils and napkins on the table for a meal



            Helping to organize books, games, videos, etc..

            Emptying wastebaskets

            Setting the table

            Making the bed

            Clearing the table

            Helping prepare meals and snacks

            Wiping off the counters

            Wiping off the table after meals or snacks

            Putting dirty dishes into the sink or dishwasher

            Feeding the pets

            Watering plants


Washing Hands:

Walk to sink

Turn on water

Wet hands

Put soap on hands

Lather hands

Rinse hands

Turn off water

Get towel or paper towel

Dry hands

Place towel back on counter (if paper, dispose of paper towel)

You can utilize the file below to help with handwashing!


Sorting Laundry:

Sort socks, towels (washcloths), and shirts into 3 different piles.

Fold the towels.

Fold the shirts.

Match the socks and fold in half.

Places piles in correct drawers.  (at home it may mean placing on the correct shelves)


Placemat Setting:

     Correctly set out plates, forks, spoons, (maybe) knives, cups, and napkins for each place setting at meals.


Utensil Sorting:

     Place forks, knives, and spoons in the correct dividers in the drawer.



Print this hand washing visual and hang it near your sink to assist your children in following each of the steps. You can sing a song to encourage them to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds!